international bridge http://michiganradio.org en What's holding things up with the new bridge? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-holding-things-new-bridge <p></p><p>We’ve been thinking a lot about Detroit lately, for obvious reasons. Opinions differ, but pretty much everyone agrees on this: There are too few jobs and not enough money. Unemployment is high, the tax base is low. The city is officially bankrupt.</p><p>Yet there’s a project out there that should be a huge shot in the arm: The New International Trade Crossing Bridge. Estimates are that it will create at least 10,000 good paying jobs that will last four to five years. Ripple effects from those jobs will create thousands of others, some of which will be permanent.&nbsp;</p><p>Canada is going to pay nearly all the costs of the bridge and all Michigan’s costs, pumping nearly four billion dollars into the economy. Exactly what the doctor ordered. So … what’s holding things up?</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:29:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15545 at http://michiganradio.org What's holding things up with the new bridge? The week in review: taxing pensions, foreclosures and international bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-taxing-pensions-foreclosures-and-international-bridge <p></p><p>This week in review Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the possibility of repealing a tax on pensions, how <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-home-foreclosure-rate-closer-national-average-0">Michigan's home foreclosure rate</a> is no longer the worst, and how the international trade crossing has a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/report-proposed-detroit-windsor-bridge-gets-key-permit">presidential permit</a> to move forward.</p><p> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:02:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 12114 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: taxing pensions, foreclosures and international bridge In this morning's news: International bridge to be approved, McCotter sues, wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-international-bridge-be-approved-mccotter-sues-wolf-hunt <p><strong>International bridge crossing to be announced today</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder is expected to announce this afternoon that the federal government has approved a deal to build a new<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/report-proposed-detroit-windsor-bridge-gets-key-permit"> international bridge</a> between Detroit and Windsor-Ontario," Rick Pluta reports.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>McCotter sues staffers for forged nomination peitions </strong></p><p>"Ex-Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter has sued a former top aide and an ex-intern, saying they deliberately submitted forged nominating petitions in his name to keep him from seeking re-election.&nbsp; Elections officials discovered bogus signatures on the Livonia Republican's petitions, keeping him off the 2012 primary ballot. McCotter quit Congress in July," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Legislation could approve wolf hunting with no room for a referendum </strong></p><p>"The state Senate could vote as soon as next week on legislation that could throw a wrench in an effort to ban wolf-hunting. The legislation would allow hunting of 39 species – including wolves. And it would be immune to a referendum," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/will-effort-stop-wolf-hunt-michigan-be-derailed">reports. </a></p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:24:46 +0000 Emily Fox 12112 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: International bridge to be approved, McCotter sues, wolf hunt Commentary: The latest on the bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-latest-bridge-0 <p></p><p>Last year was a major milestone in the epic battle to get a new and badly needed bridge across the Detroit River. Frustrated by the Michigan Legislature’s unwillingness to even vote on the issue, Governor Rick Snyder found a legal way to bypass the lawmakers.</p><p>Snyder found a clause in the Michigan Constitution that allowed him to conclude an “interlocal” agreement with the government of Canada. This didn’t make Matty Moroun, the 85 year-old owner of the 84 year old Ambassador Bridge, happy.</p><p>Moroun then spent close to $40 million attempting to get Michigan voters to ratify a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have essentially given him monopoly control of our nation’s most important border crossing for all time.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:03:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12061 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The latest on the bridge Commentary: Now just build the bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-now-just-build-bridge <p>This has been a bad year for Matty Moroun, the billionaire owner of the Ambassador Bridge. In January, he was thrown in jail overnight, for failing to comply with court orders to live up to an agreement he’d signed to finish a road project near his bridge.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:24:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9889 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Now just build the bridge In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-109 <p><strong>Blue Cross overhaul on the "lame duck" agenda</strong></p><p>"Lawmakers in Lansing say they want to tackle some high-profile bills before this session wraps up at the end of the year. The state House is set to hold its first hearing Tuesday on a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The measure would turn the state’s largest health insurer into a customer-owned non-profit, and end its tax-exempt status. Nothing is certain, but other items on the “lame duck” agenda could include a repeal of the personal property tax on businesses, legislation to fund roads projects, and a bill to replace the emergency manager law that voters rejected in last week’s election," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-stay-busy-despite-lame-duck-session">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers possible choice to head up CIA</strong></p><p>"Media reports suggest Michigan congressman Mike Rogers could be on a short list of candidates to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. David Petraeus’ abrupt resignation last week opened up the CIA director’s job. Multiple media outlets including the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/us/politics/petraeus-replacement-search-is-under-way.html">New York Times</a> say Rogers is among those being considered to fill the post. Washington observers say Rogers, a Republican, could speed through the confirmation process. Rogers has been the chairman of the House permanent select committee on Intelligence since January of 2011. Rogers has not commented on the speculation," Steve Carmody reports.</p><p><strong>New international bridge could be up and running in 5 years</strong></p><p>"Governor Snyder's office and top Canadian officials are getting more information out about a proposed bridge between Detroit and Windsor. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and the Canadian Consul General spoke to a group in Grand Rapids about the bridge deal Monday. Calley says trucks could be crossing a new bridge as soon as 2017. Right now the bridge is awaiting permits from the US government," Lindsey Smith <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/election-over-so-when-are-they-going-build-bridge">reports. </a></p><p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:07:29 +0000 Emily Fox 9886 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Celebrating a bridge to Canada http://michiganradio.org/post/celebrating-bridge-canada <p>There’s a lot of arguing lately about building a new bridge to Canada.</p><p></p><p>But this week, one Michigan community is celebrating a milestone for its international bridge.</p><p></p><p>On Halloween, 1962, the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie opened.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Since then, more than 93 million vehicles have crossed the nearly three mile long bridge.&nbsp;&nbsp; About seven thousand vehicles cross the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie on an average day.</p><p></p><p>The bridge is jointly managed by the state of Michigan and the government of Canada.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:13:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 9692 at http://michiganradio.org Celebrating a bridge to Canada